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Old 03-26-2014, 08:41 PM   #4696
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The temptation with the Duplicolor is that you can get a lot more paint for the money and no guilt if you want to make that candy red or candy green really really deep. There's plenty of paint to do it. While I agree with you that the hobby is fortunate and there are many ready to use colors available, for those of us more picky about the shade, tone, depth, and metal flake or pearlesence, there is always the search for more colors. You can never get enough.

Of course it does you no good if it will not stick to lexan.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:47 PM   #4697
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Thats why I got a airbrush, with the huge selection from createx and there new Wicked & Auto Air Colors you can find or mix anything you want ... and you know it will still be there after a few crashes
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:04 PM   #4698
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The day I discovered that all of my createx airbrush paint was compatible with lexan I felt like I had won the lottery. Still I don't really care for the way the candy colors look compared to the Tamiya or the Pactra candy. It doesn't quite give you that wet sucker look. I don't have any experience with the spastix paint. I have some, but have not used it yet. (Candy, I use the spastix chrome all the time.)
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:01 AM   #4699
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A fresh "GENERAL LEE" for a local VTA racer. We used a Challenger body since there isn't a Charger that's legal. I tried to make the front grill resemble a Charger's and the rear as well. The hood scoop wasn't on the real General Lee, but, it still looks cool. All paint. This one took some time, but I like how it turned out. Hope he does too.





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Old 03-28-2014, 03:36 PM   #4700
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The flag is on sideways. :-)
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wrong flag
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:19 PM   #4703
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The flag is on sideways. :-)
One of the compromises of using the Challenger body. The roof of the Charger allowed the flag lengthwise. We had to turn it sideways to match the available space. Orienting it lengthwise and keeping the proper proportions, the flag was then too small.

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I've thought about spraying some clear first, to see if it would adhere to that - but I hate wasting bodies...
Joe, you don't have to "waste a body" trying it. Just take a scrap piece of Lexan (like from a wheel well opening or something, preferably flat), and test the clear/lacquer on that. Once it dries, flex it a few times to see if it flakes off.

This is what I tried with the Testor's lacquers. I then painted the first body with it (my VTA car), and it's taken quite a few hits (mostly to walls due to driver error...LOL) with no flecking/flaking.
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The other option would be automotive paint designed for plastic, such as bumpers. I would think that would be more expensive.
You can get clear adhesion promoter, its like clear primer. Its used on rubber bumpers and such before painting. This car was painted this way and has had no issues besides where the tires rub the inside of the body

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ok Scott, where he get the wheels?
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ok Scott, where he get the wheels?
Hand painted...
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Yeah I have seen someone paint the VTA Nascar style rim and get pretty close to the General Lee. YeeeeeeeeHaaaawwwww! Git dem Dukes!
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Old 03-29-2014, 11:16 PM   #4709
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Team Blue Groove makes a Charger, but it's only 190mm and it has no decals or masking of any kind. Obviously not legal in VTA, but if someone has the talent and just wanted a General Lee. That would work. I think it would look good widened out to 200F/210Rmm but they didn't ask me.

On another note, some earlier discussion about colors and Createx and I wanted to revisit that product as a possibility for me. I have had better luck with lacquer paint adhering to the lexan. That could be because I don't scuff. I wash it and then I mask and paint. Thinking about trying the body prep and liquid mask that RCS makes.
Anyway, if I can get the link to paste from my kindle, I found a great page that has a bunch of the Createx Wicked colors backed with black, then white. It gives you a good idea what each paint does optically as a layer. http://www.dixieart.com/Createx_Wicked_Colors.html if that's not enough choice of color, they also have pure pigments that can be used to make your own color or tint an existing one.
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Old 03-30-2014, 01:08 PM   #4710
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Yes, he took black dishes HPI wheels and and painted the silver on. Looked really nice and perfect for the General. John wanted to do everything he could to keep the car legal, but give it a scale look.

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